1 cup Millet flour
1 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup psyllium husk powder
1/2 diatomaceous earth
1/3 cup probiotics
Serve 1 to 2 tablespoons on 1/2 cup to one cup kibble with water daily.
It’s that time of year and these Holiday dog treats are great for the holiday season.
Dog lovers have the perfect excuse for baking a show-stopping and
yummy treat to share with family dogs and furry friends.
These homemade dog treats smell amazing as they bake because they are basically gingerbread dog treats. Your best friend is going to be begging for them before they are even finished!
What’s great is how nutritious these are for your pet. When you are looking for the best recipe for dog holiday treats, look no further!
decorated homemade holiday dog treats and cookie cutters.
This easy recipe is a great way to save money! These festive dog treats are less expensive than store-bought. They are a natural treat with simple ingredients with no artificial colors or preservatives.
If you want to make organic dog treats, you will need to use organic ingredients.
Oatmeal – Oatmeal helps regulate your dog’s blood sugar. It’s also high in soluble fiber, which is wonderful for their digestion.
Whole Wheat Flour – It’s always best to use whole wheat flour when you can. It has more nutrients and fiber.
Egg – This binds all the ingredients together.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil provides healthy fats for your dog’s body and brain.
Water – You need just enough water to moisten the batter.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is safe for dogs in small amounts, like to flavor these treats.
Ginger – This herb is wonderful for dogs who have upset stomachs.
Tapioca Starch – Tapioca starch is a low-calorie way to add bulk to the treats.
Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt has more protein than traditional yogurt. It’s also thicker and has a richer flavor.
Beet Powder or Spirulina Powder – to color the icing red or green. See other options below.
Christmas dog treats ingredients.
When you make these dog treats for the holidays, here are a few notes to keep in mind.
Do not use nutmeg in these treats. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs.
If you want to use a different type of flour, take a look at this guide to the best flours to use in dog treats.
You can substitute tapioca starch in the icing with cornstarch, rice flour, or potato flour.
Instead of using red beet powder or spirulina powder to color the icing, here are some options:
Strawberry or cherry juice for red
Spinach or parsley juice for green
Natural food coloring. Just make sure it is safe for dogs.
You may have to play around with the icing’s consistency based on which option you choose to use for coloring it.
This recipe makes 12 to 14 treats using a large 3-inch cookie cutter. I used paw print and snowflake cookie cutters.
About the Cinnamon and Ginger Spices for Dogs
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties great for arthritic senior dogs or ones with muscle soreness. It helps improve cognitive functions because it’s antioxidant-rich. A small amount will help regulate blood sugar and lower insulin resistance (1/8 teaspoon for every 15 pounds of your dog’s weight).
Additionally, a Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances study revealed cinnamon has a protective effect on the performance of a dog’s heart.
Cinnamon is one of the safe spices dogs can eat. So treats with cinnamon are great for your dog. Cinnamon also adds a tasty kick to the treats.
Ginger also has antioxidants that fight free radicals and anti-inflammatory properties. It can prevent car sickness and help with gastrointestinal problems. Ginger has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that help boost a dog’s immune system.
Learn more about ginger and dogs and you’ll see how great these Christmas gingerbread dog treats are for your spoiled hound.
Both cinnamon and ginger have great health benefits for dogs. So give your furry friend some healthy dog treats for the holidays.
homemade holiday dog treats with icing.
How many holiday dog treats should you give your dog? That depends on what else they ate that day because you need to consider their entire calorie intake.
It also depends on your dog’s size. Small pets require fewer calories than larger ones. Maintaining a dog’s healthy weight is very important. Keep that in mind when feeding your dog treats in addition to their dog food.
Also, dogs shouldn’t eat too many carbs, even healthy ones from oatmeal and whole wheat flour. For this reason, I suggest only giving your spoiled hound one treat per day.
While you may have most of the kitchen items you need to make these Holiday cookies for dogs, here’s a list just in case. You can use any regular cookie cutters but dog paw and fun shapes give make festive treats.
Mixing Spoon or Whisk
Dog Paw Print Cookie Cutter
Christmas Cookie Cutters
Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat
These are the recipe steps and photos of the process for making the dog holiday treats. I hope they help you make this healthy dog treats recipe!
You can scroll down to the bottom of this article for a printable recipe card.
Place the oatmeal in a blender and pulse until it becomes flour.
Put the oat flour, whole wheat flour, egg, coconut oil, water, cinnamon, and ginger in a large bowl.
Christmas dog treats dough ingredients in a bowl.
Use a mixer to mix all the ingredients together until well combined. You may need to use your hands to get everything well combined.
Christmas dog treats dough mixture in a bowl.
Place the dough on a flat work surface.
Holiday dog treats dough ball and rolling pin.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to ¼ to ½-inch thickness, according to your preference.
Holiay dog treats dough rolled out and two cookie cutters on it.
Use cookie cutters of your choice to cut out the dog treats. Place the cutouts on a non-stick baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. You can also use a greased pan if you do not have a non-stick one or any parchment paper.
Holiday dog treats dough cutouts on a baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees farenheit for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.
Place the baked treats on a wire rack to cool completely.
Place the icing ingredients in a small bowl.
Stir or whisk until well blended.
red icing for Christmas dog treats in a bowl.
Use a piping bag and tip for decorating dog treats with icing.
Place the decorated treats on a tray in a single layer. Put them in the refrigerator uncovered to allow the icing to dry and set.
homemade dog treat with icing.
Store these decorated dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator since the icing is made with yogurt. Place wax paper between the treats to help prevent the icing from smearing.
The icing will not harden like royal icing so be careful when packing the treats, especially if giving them as a homemade gift. And for a storage tip, placing them in individual plastic bags such as cellophane cookie bags is a great idea.
These homemade dog treats make great gifts for dog owners. You can put them in dog advent calendars. How better the celebrate the festive season than with perfect gifts for dogs wrapped up in a box with a cute ribbon?
Just keep the gift box in the fridge until giving it to someone. Make sure they know to keep it refrigerated so the yogurt icing doesn’t spoil.
Check out these Santa Dog Toys for more Holiday gifts for dogs.
These homemade Holiday-themed dog treats will last anywhere from a couple of days to a week or so when stored in a sealed container in the fridge. It also depends on the number of dogs you have, how many treats you give them, and how often.
Why yes, they sure can! Everything in these Holiday dog cookies is human-grade ingredients. Although folks probably won’t like them since they are gingerbread for dogs and not sweetened with molasses. I suggest making Gingerbread Cookies for people.
RUNNY STOOL AFTER GOING HOME?
IT'S KNOWN AS STRESS STOOL
A LOOSE STOOL IS FROM STRESS FROM GOING HOME – FEED A PUMPKIN MIXTURE TO SOOTHE. NOT EATING MUCH IN THE FIRST 24-48 HOURS IS NORMAL TO SOOTH A LOOSE STOOL– UP TO 2 WEEKS MAKE A MIXTURE OF ONE CAN OF CANNED PUMPKIN AND ADD 2 TABLESPOONS OF DE (Diatomaceous Earth) You can add to your mixture a can of tuna or beef boulion, ,a few eggs -freeze in ice cube trays – offer 1 to 2 cubes per day for first week – then a few each week for life
Loose stools result from a new environment from stress. Pumpkin helps slow down the bowel and helps avoid dehydration.
Grain-Free Bacon Dog Treats
Servings: 50 pieces depending on cookie cutter size
•1-1/2 coconut flour
•1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (or almond butter!)
•1/2 cup melted coconut oil
•1 cup + 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree (no sugar added; can also use sweet potato puree or unsweetened apple sauce)
•2-3 slices of hormone-free bacon, cooked & chopped
1Preheat oven to 350°F.
2In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well to form a dough.
3Roll out dough, just slightly under a quarter inch thick.
4Use a cookie cutter to cut out different shapes and carefully place them onto a lined baking pan. Ball up remaining dough, roll out, cut, and repeat until all dough has been used.
5 Bake for 15-20 minutes, until treats are hard. This cooking time might vary depending on thickness of each treat so keep your eyes on them.
6Let cool completely before sharing with your pup!
7Store remaining treats in an airtight container in the fridge. Very important to cool completely before doing this! Otherwise the heat will make the treats soft.
GRAIN-FREE SALMON PUMPKIN DOG TREATS
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Total time 35 mins
grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo
Serves: 60+ biscuits
1½ cups coconut flour
1 cup canned wild caught salmon, drained* (I used WholeFoods 365 canned Sockeye Salmon)
½ cup coconut oil, melted, but not hot
½ cup pumpkin puree (you can also use pureed sweet potato or squash)
4 pasture raised eggs
2 teaspoons dried parsley or 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1Add all of the ingredients to your food processor. Process until well blended and it easily forms a ball, when you take a little in your hand. If it feels a bit too wet, add just a little more coconut flour, but know that the coconut flour in the dough will absorb as the dough sits.
2Gently flatten the ball into a disc and place into an airtight container or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
3Preheat oven to 350ºF and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
4Place the dough disc between two pieces of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is about ⅛ to ¼-inch thick.
5Using desired cookie cutter shape(s), start cutting and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Don’t waste any of the dough, use the leftover scraps, roll what’s left into a rope, cut into little nuggets and bake. They make great little tiny bite-sized training treats.
6Bake 18-20 minutes, until golden brown and hard. It is important that biscuits are completely dried out or they will go bad.
7If you take them out and as they cool, if they feel moist at all, I recommend placing the biscuits in a single layer on an oven-safe cooling rack, and place into a 200ºF oven for 10-20 minutes, until they are dry, hard, crisp and have no moisture at all.
8Let cook completely and store in an airtight container for a few weeks.
Try adding ⅓ cup finely shredded carrots to the recipe
you can also use approx 1 cup cooked, deboned fresh salmon, flaked in place of the canned salmon
Grain-Free Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
* 1 1/2 cup coconut flour
* 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
* 3 eggs
* 1/2 cup coconut oil melted then slightly cooled
* 1 cup pumpkin puree
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
* Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
* Roll dough out gently onto a cutting board dusted lightly with additional coconut flour, or onto a rolpat. Roll out to about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick.
* Cut out shapes using your preferred cookie cutters.
* Transfer gently to a parchment lined baking sheet.
* Bake for 13-15 minutes. Treats should have a slightly golden color around the edges.
* Cool on cookie sheets before serving.
* May be stored in airtight containers for up to three weeks.
Be sure to measure the coconut oil in its solid form, and THEN melt
grain-free dog treat, homemade dog treat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 2 dozen treats
* 2 cups coconut flour
* ½ teaspoon baking soda
* ½ teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 can 15 oz. pure pumpkin
* ½ cup peanut butter
* ½ cup coconut oil melted
* 4 eggs
Peanut Butter Drizzle:
* 1/3 cup peanut butter
* 1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Add eggs to large bowl and beat. Add the remaining ingredients and stir together until a soft dough forms.
3. Place on parchment paper and carefully roll dough out with a rolling pin (you may need to put another piece of parchment paper on top so it doesn’t stick to rolling pin).
4. Cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters and gently transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes, or until treats are hard.
6. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to cooling rack or parchment paper to cool completely.
7. For peanut butter drizzle, combine melted coconut oil and peanut butter and drizzle over treats (I cut the tip off of a Ziploc bag to drizzle over). Let drizzle harden on treats in the fridge or freezer.
8. Store in airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator up to one week. Store in the freezer for a month.
4-Ingredient Chicken and Biscuits
• Ready in 30 Minutes or Less • Freezable
12-14 min. (plus cooling)
About 4 dozen
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken (see note)
2 cups instant potato powder
1 5.3-ounce container nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring until thoroughly incorporated. Batter will be very thick and sticky.
Drop batter by level tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheets. (Because these dog biscuits spread very little during baking, I crowd them together more than typical cookies, and get all of them onto 2 baking sheets.) Using the back of a spoon, flatten the dog treats slightly.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
Cool completely on wire racks. Store in refrigerator or (for longer storage) in zippered freezer bags in freezer (thaw before serving).
Melt butter and add a packet of chicken boullion cube. Brush onto fillets of white fish.
Dehydrate until plyable but not hard. Break into training treat size.
SLIDED VEGGIES LIKE CARROTS BRUSHED WITH HONEY.
Power paste for inside your KONG.
1. The filling has to be at the correct consistency. If it is too hard to get out dog will become frustrated and bored with it. If it is too soft then it will go too fast and the dog will be left feeling unsatisfied and bored …these apply especially if given one to amuse while you are out and the object was to keep dog occupied to prevent destruction etc.
2. It has to be the correct kong, as in the correct size for the dog’s mouth and tongue and of the right hardness and density. You do not want the dog to eat the kong…you will end up with a huge vet bill.
3. Until the dog understands the concept of eating from a kong, never leave alone and unsupervised and if your dog has guarding tendencies then you need to work on the ‘mine’ ‘yours’ training with it…a kong, like a bone is a high resource.
4. A kong is not a toy: you wouldn’t allow your dog to play with his/her food dish…don’t allow the dog to play with a kong. It is yours not the dog’s and is given at your say so and as such a powerful training and bonding aid.
5. It has to taste good…be appealing to the dog and have healthy ingredients; the less commercial junk in the better. Below are tasty and delicious dog food ideas to fill your dog’s Kong.
BANANA AND HONEY
APPLE AND CREAM CHEESE
cooked rice, couscous or cooked lentils or barley
bone broth in kong
Fill with bone broth and freeze for 24 hours
PLAIN YOGURT & FRUIT PUREE
KIBBLE AND SALMON MIXED GOATS MILK